WD 2019 Contest

Hello writers, short story writers, poets, screenwriters, playwrights and authors!

It is time for the Writers Digest Popular Fiction Awards contest! You may be wondering why I am so excited about this post. It is because this is considered one of WD’s most prestigious awards. You WILL be showered with recognition if you win.

Submit your short story for “the 15th Annual Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards for a chance to win $2,500 in cash, a featured interview in Writer’s Digest magazine, and a paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Annual Conference in New York City”. Writer’s Digest, 2019

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One Grand Prize winner will receive:

$2,500 in cash
Featured interview in Writer’s Digest’s May/June issue
Winning story published on writersdigest.com
Paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference!
2020 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market
$100 gift certificate for writersdigestshop.com
One First Prize winner in each category will receive:

$500 in cash
Announcement in the May/June issue of Writer’s Digest
Winning story published on writersdigest.com
2020 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market
$100 gift certificate for writersdigestshop.com
Honorable Mentions will receive:

Announcement on writersdigest.com
2020 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market

Mystery/Crime: From the classic whodunits and police procedurals, cozies and courtroom dramas, amateur and private detectives, hook us from the start and keep us guessing until the end.
Horror: Whether psychological, supernatural, or technological, crank up the tension and deliver an unsettling but satisfying conclusion.
Romance: Historical or contemporary, paranormal or suspenseful, chaste or sexy, no matter the path you take, don’t forget to deliver a satisfying happy ending.
Science Fiction/Fantasy: Science, magic, or a mash-up of both, introduce us to new worlds, alternate histories, or fantastic ideas that push the boundaries of our own reality.
Thriller/Suspense: Less whodunit, more how and/or why, with high stakes, compelling conflicts, and ever-increasing tension that keeps us turning pages through the adrenaline-pumping ending.
Young Adult: Your preferred genre(s), but written specifically for readers age 12-18.

How to Enter

All entries must be submitted online. During Checkout, entry fees can be paid by credit card/debit card (MC, V, AMEX & DISC) or by selecting the option to pay by ‘CHECK’. Checks are to be mailed (postmarked by the current entry deadline), and should be drawn on a US bank, in US funds (this includes cashier’s checks & money orders). All checks will be cashed within 60 days of the competition final deadline. Entry fees are non-refundable.
Your entry must be original, in English, unpublished and unproduced, not accepted by any other publisher or producer at the time of submission. Authors retain all ownerships of their work. Upon submitting an entry, Author agrees to grant Writer’s Digest one-time nonexclusive publication rights to the Grand Prize and First Place winning entries in each category to be published in a Writer’s Digest publication. Any piece posted online, anywhere other than a personal blog, is considered published.
Entries are to be submitted as file uploads (.doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdf). Please double space your story (preferred but not mandatory); we suggest an easy to read font style & 12 pt. font size, however this is also not mandatory. Submitter (author) information is collected on the submitter form; please do not include identifying information on the pages of the story.
BE SURE OF YOUR WORD COUNT! Entries exceeding the word limits will be disqualified. Type the exact word count (counting every single word, except the title and contact information) at the top of the manuscript.
Due to U.S. Government restrictions we are unable to accept entries from Syria, Iran, North Korea, or Crimea.
For more information visit our Preparing Your Entry Page or our FAQ page.

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